Circa Infinity is a brain-melting circular platformer by Kenny Sun, with a pulse-pounding soundtrack by Jack + Jim Fay.
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Very Positive (103 reviews) - 98% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 9, 2015

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June 23

Presenting Circle Affinity

I've added a new game mode titled 'Circle Affinity'. Good luck.

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“Brilliant level design and a great aesthetic keep the game fresh from start to finish.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

Circa Infinity is a brain-melting circular platformer by Kenny Sun, with a pulse-pounding soundtrack by Jack + Jim Fay.

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"MY BRAIN IS MELTING!"
- Pewdiepie

"I like the idea that games can sometimes be music videos, especially when they're as striking and well-soundtracked as Circa Infinity."
- Tom Senior, PC Gamer

"Its smelled my brain but i love it."
- Maurice, 19

"One of the craziest games I've ever played."
- Bhernardo Viana, Indie Game Magazine

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.5GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 1.5GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14
    • Processor: 1.5GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
This game is a good example of what a puzzle/platform game should be.
It is not an endless runner as one might think from the captures, but a very clever frantic puzzle jumping hell.

It begins fairly easy, asking only from you some reflexes while you learn the basics, and then difficulty arise, slamming you in the face.
It is well balanced; some bits will nonetheless make you wish you dropped your controller before thinking "just one more level".
The achievements are well thought -- being what I call "usefull achievements" -- requiring from you to play the game with a different approach, making you discover how well the levels are designed (for instance, the "finish a level going only in one direction without stopping or dying", or "finish a level without moving (jumping doesn't count)").
The art style is clever and gorgeous, and the music sets you well in the mood.

Overall, it's a great game, and a gem for speedrunners!

Not sure? Try out the demo, the rest of the game is the same, WAY HARDER.
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Circa Infinity is a simple, but very challenging game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYPZ-tj5J7U
The game isn't tough due to cheap tactics, it genuinely needs fast reflexes, thinking on your feet and adapting you strategy according to certain enemies.

The goal is to find the entrance to the circle you are walking on. Once inside, you must jump into the smaller circle within to progress. Different enemies force you to act differently. Some patrol the ground and require that you jump over them, some fly and need you to walk under them. Some can go in and out of circles, and some move only when you jump.

There's also the occasional boss to fight, which is a nice break from the regular gameplay.
The game's soundtrack is actually really cool, and adds to the intense action going on.

Overall it's very cool, and I suggest you give it a shot if you're into hard games.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
once you reached Part ||| - a nice little game gradually becomes a masterpiece
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
This game does amazing things to my mind. It starts off nice and slow, but turns utterly insane as you go deeper and deeper into the concentric circles.

Also, I just love those chinny demons.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Fun and mind-blowing runner game with very unique mechanics.
I feel like I'd have enjoyed it more if it was easier - I gave up on the last chapter.

The game seems to be very well designed for speedrunning, and I did some of the speedrunning achievements in the first chapter. But I feel any chapters beyond that would be a chore to complete 100%.

So overall, there's a lot of fun here, it's just a little bit too frustrating.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
Ok, let's be clear: "Circa Infinity" is difficult. REALLY difficult. You will die dozens hundreds thousands of times, but everytime your only thought will be "One more time! I have to try one more time!" It's a kind of sensation that happens rarely in the magic world of platform games, but when it happens... oh, what a pleasure!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Circa Infinity is a very unique puzzle platformer. Usual platforms are straight, or at most some kind of slope. Here it's concentric circles and it's insane.

You enter a new circle from the bottom. You go to the right. You enter the next circle from the top. You go to the right... No. Your character is going left. Right and left are actually counter-clockwise and clockwise, which creates confusion over and over again when the brain is still used to consider that the button to the right should always move the character in that direction. Also, jump is actually some sort of slide when the character is not yet in the inner circle... Reacting the right way on short notice is really difficult. Difficult but fun, with the cool music and visuals. The first two worlds are a treat.

However, the next worlds lost me. Two characters are controlled at the same time, and it's just too hard to follow (suddenly much more a puzzle than a platformer) while not flowing as well as when it was only one character. It's like constantly being tethered to something fragile and annoying.

But before it came to that point, I really had a good time, and found the level design excellent (there are both series of levels, and an infinite mode). The game teaches you what each enemy does before spicing things up or mixing with other enemies, and it makes sure that you understood by placing them in a smart way several times and making you go back one circle upon death. Some circles are devoid of obstacles and can't kill you, they effectively act as subtle checkpoints or safe havens that prevents you from being ousted back to the beginning of that inferno.

In conclusion, despite some elements that put me off, it's a good few hours fun for anyone into unique or hardcore platformers.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game is so brilliant, I don't have words for it. I was mindblown more than a few times during the course of this game, when a new mechanic would click in place and I would just understand how it works in a flash.

One of the most brilliantly designed and underrated puzzle games I've played. Thank you for this game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Immaculate.

In nearly every aspect, Circa Infinity has vastly exceeded my expectations, and sits well near the top of my list of most intelligently designed games I have ever played. A minimalist, puzzle platformer is the last game I would expect to enjoy this immensely amongst a sea of indie titles. I consider the genre to be the equivalent of the FPS of the indie scene: a sort of formulaic attempt to tread ground into the industry, but CI is perhaps the most exhilarating take on a tired template in every aspect of its design. It will consistently challenge your thinking while simultaneously presenting you every tool necessary to complete and appreciate the pieces which meld this wonderful game.

At its core, CI is commonly described as a circular platformer. In a step far to the left, the game involves no vast worlds, but simply a monochrome series of circles laden with enemies. It begins simply: have your character enter each circle, avoid every monster, and jump inwards to the next circle until you complete the level. Each level is comprised of around 10 circles or so, with every few levels introducing a new mechanic. It remains fairly simplistic through the first of five worlds, bringing in new enemies and covering most of what you'll need to complete the remainder.

Circa Infinity respects your intelligence. If you fail and touch an enemy, the only punishment you receive is that you must return to the previous circle. Rather than simply start the current challenge over, you must re-surmount the former, meaning that consistent missteps can place you back at the start of the level. There are checkpoints in each level every few circles, however, so even as it gets crazier, there are plenty of chains of challenges which are short and allow you to focus on them, as they become quite complex. New worlds bring in major mechanics additions, with the brilliant tutorialisation that never leaves the player confused. I won't go into them, as divulging every mechanic feels akin to spoiling a major plot. Part of CI's joy is discovering how each new world builds off of the rules that you know, and they remain clear, concise, and straightforward. That said, Circa Infinity will force you to think in manners that toss everything you know about games on its head.

Speaking of plot, the game is entirely devoid of dialogue or narration, and every piece of the story is told through imagery. This is a bold step from the game's early builds, wherein the breakpoints between levels were filled with text explaining the adventure you undertake. I feel the game works far better without it, retaining its minimalist feel and remaining atmospheric in a way that words would only detract from.

And nothing lends itself more to the game's atmosphere than the music. God, the music. Easily one of the best game soundtracks I have ever heard, with even the tracks playing between levels reaching unexpected levels of intricacy and power. In a game that feels a lot about going from level to level and jumping between speeding through and thinking out the next series of moves, in only this instance would I recommend taking a break to sit and breathe, as your characters do, and take a listen between stages. The break music from the first world, a track I would normally skip, surprised me as becoming one of my favorite songs in the entire game when I took the time to sit instead of plowing ahead. The music is more than enough of a reward for finishing some of these heinous treks.

If that package weren't enough, Kenny Sun recently added the game mode: Circle Affinity, which adds a randomized, endless, high-score style romp reminiscent of Super Hexagon. It's not nearly as difficult, but is always fun, and one of the few “get as far as you can” game modes I enjoy. Especially in an age where the sort of play-til-you-drop gameplay has fallen out of favor, CA adds a nice alternative to the pre-designed levels and usual speedrunning romps. Mr. Sun is quite generous in providing for free a game mode which could have easily stood alone for a few bucks. The additions to the soundtrack never hurt either, with some remixes and a few new favorites; I anxiously await its additional release.

Of course, no game is perfect. Circa Infinity is a touch short (which is of course, remedied by CA), and finishing the game felt a tad bittersweet.
Getting used to knowing which direction you're going in can take some time and will throw you off occasionally, long past the point that you think you've familiarized yourself with it.
The color schemes in CA, though there are many to unlock, all seem to have a blending aspect in CA, in where getting past the 25th circle makes it impossible to see where the entry point for the current circle is. Perhaps this was intentional, but it's annoying when you sometimes can't even see your own character in a mode which is designed to be action and timing oriented (remember that CA is a separate mode from the main game).

However, all of these gripes are minor. It's a steal at $10, especially, and I'd go ahead and say to buy the soundtrack along with it (available in FLAC 48Khz/24bit for us audioheads, no less!). Due to the lack of coverage the game received, I was hesitant to buy it after discovering it, but bought it, had no regrets, and wished I could give Kenny Sun more of my money. The game deserves it. A perfectly designed experience, fantastic art style and soundtrack, and plenty of reasons to keep playing may very well make Circa Infinity a new favorite for you, as it was for me.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
CURSE YOU KENNY SUN, TRULY.

To everyone else:
The game is beautifully designed, incredibly satisfying, and like nothing you've ever played. Try it, you won't regret it. Then tell your friends.
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brickey.8
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
This game does everything that a platformer puzzle game should. It takes a unique concept, and milks it for every ounce of gameplay potential it's worth. It is fast paced but filled with a good mix of tricky puzzles and tricky timing/platforming. It does a very good job of constantly adding (very creative) twists onto the central concept and ramping up the complexity until the last few levels are exceedingly complicated.

As for length, it's longer than I expected it to be. There's five chapters of equal length and I fully expected it to be out of ideas and end after chapter 4, and it would have still felt like a complete game by the end of chapter 3. And many of the acheivements could be considered to be additional bonus puzzles in themselves (ie "find a level in this chapter that's possible only running in one direction"), giving it a bit of extra replayability.

Overall, good game. Would recommend to anyone who likes creative puzzles and unique concepts.
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CheekyGamer
18.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Since I bought this game, I haven't played much of anything else. It's an addicting and difficult puzzle/action game which requires fast reactions and a lot of patience. Every new Act provides a whole new way to play the game while retaining it's core gameplay. This game is also great for speedrunning. A highly recommended game.
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death blossom 🌸
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
it hurts
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Senpai.
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
it...kills me.. over and over and over again.... pretty sure this is lowkey dark souls 3
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Icwhatudidthr
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 13
Trippy.
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clefru
35.9 hrs
Posted: August 13
Jump, evade, get to the goal. That's a basically the game. It's difficult first, but you get a lot of tries and you fingers will adapt. So, just don't give up and you will make progress.

What makes the game great is the style and the visuals. It's how it twists your visual processing to work in non-standard geometriy, something that the visual part of your brain was never evolved to process. Yet, it somehow works, and after an hour you get into it. The geometry starts to make intuitive sense and you feel how you can master this strange circular shape.
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steve french
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Totally addictive, with an interesting twist on platforming.
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McFrugal
21.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
Mind-bendingly difficult hybrid of a puzzle game and a single-line platformer.

Very well done. The ending is dumb though.
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D120
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 7
circa infinity is a game about circles. that's it. did you expect something clever?
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